War Aims
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War Aims

Prior to the outbreak of the war, none of the European Powers had pursued concrete territorial annexation aims that might have significantly influenced their decision to take up arms. Soon after the beginning of the war, however, the issue of war aims began to be debated in all countries, at first mostly behind closed doors. The British foreign secretary Sir Edward Grey was able to prevent a public discussion of British war aims. Great Britain was quite resolute in its demand that the ind…

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Mommsen, Wolfgang J., “War Aims”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 24 June 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0616>
First published online: 2015



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